Course Description

Build a deep foundation in the design, measurement and theory of audio and acoustics with an added specialisation in illumination design. You will understand how sound shapes our experience of communication, entertainment and spatial awareness, opening up a diversity of career paths including audio production, system design and acoustic consulting with a perspective of lighting design. With extensive experience analysing and controlling the physical phenomena affecting buildings, practitioners of Architectural Science have a profound impact on the function, aesthetics and efficiency of architectural spaces. Architectural Science courses can be taken as single or double streams. In the double stream program, the core units from the secondary degree are taken as the electives in the primary degree. The double stream program is completed as 96 credit points over two years, allowing you to draw expertise from an aligned Architectural Science stream and prepare to pursue or develop your career within a wide range of areas in the built environment. PRIMARY STREAM: The Audio and Acoustics program is unique in Australia and one of only a few comparable programs in the world. The program offers a balance of studio-based production subjects and theoretical and investigative subjects in acoustics and technical audio. It will suit candidates with an academic and/or professional track record in audio and related areas who wish to extend the breadth and depth of their expertise"this includes audio engineers, architects, interior designers, sustainable designers and musicians. The program is supported by two audio studios and one of Australia's best acoustics facilities. The Acoustics Research Laboratory houses an anechoic room and reverberant room, and contains extensive state-of-the-art equipment for measurement and analysis including the only indoor environmental quality laboratory in the southern hemisphere. The audio studios consist of a recording studio and a 5.1 channel production studio.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,359 total course cost.
International Students: $33,500 per year full-time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.4% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 79.4% (national average 79.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.0% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.5% (national average 83.4%)
Studying full time: 2.3% (national average 5.0%)
Median full time salary: $64,000 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 082897G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAARCHSC2AUI

Entry Requirements



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